The sky vault

Benjamin Percy

Book - 2023

The comet, Cain, came from beyond our solar system, its debris containing elements unknown. Now, in the isolated region of Fairbanks, Alaska, the skies shift and stretch as an interstellar dust cloud seeds the atmosphere. When a plane shudders its way through pulpy, swirling, bruise-shaped clouds, lit with sudden cracks of lightning, the sky opens and the aircraft vanishes...but only for a minute. When the flight lands, everyone on board and in the community will be changed forever. Chuck Bridges, a local DJ and conspiracy theorist, was on board and later reported dead to his family, but not before proclaiming that something inside the clouds was speaking to him. Now his son, Theo, must chase down answers to the mystery his father unlocked.... He'll find himself at odds with Sophie Chen, an agent with a shadowy employer desperate to secure the black box from the airplane, as well as Rolf Wagner, a widowed sheriff investigating a series of increasingly strange and unsettling reports. And then there is Joanna Straub, a contractor reconstructing a top-secret government lab active during WWII and shuttered deep within the nearby White Mountains. The answer to the comet's origin is about to be unveiled, and its impact on Earth is more treacherous and sublime than humanity could imagine.

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Subjects
Genres
Apocalyptic fiction
Thrillers (Fiction)
Published
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2023.
Language
English
Main Author
Benjamin Percy (author)
Edition
First edition
Physical Description
ix, 302 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9780358331551
9781328544414
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

Percy's brilliant third Comet Cycle sci-fi novel (after The Unfamiliar Garden) pits a motley crew of self-reliant Alaskans against the sinister remnants of a secret WWII-era atomic laboratory and a hostile U.S. Department of Defense. After a year in Earth's vicinity, a comet called Cain leaves a meteor shower that radically changed the planet, with deposits of "omnimetal" disrupting the laws of physics. In its wake, strange weather phenomena occur at Fairbanks, where the novel begins with the disappearance of amateur weatherman Chuck Bridges. On the case are aging sheriff Rolf Wagner and Chuck's teenage son, Theo, who recruits his two weirdo friends to help. Meanwhile, an enigmatic hit woman prowls town and plucky contractor Joanna Straub is hired by the DOD to build a mysterious facility 40 miles north. Seamlessly tying these threads together with convincing excerpts from a scientist's 1940s logbook, Percy offers intriguing theoretical physics, penetrating analysis of human greed, and deeply sympathetic characters. This standout combination of science and psychology is sure to wow SF fans. Agent: Katherine Fausset, Curtis Brown. (Sept.)

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